How do you perform under pressure?

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    Aug 18, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    Not a sex question here. I mean, generally, at work, school, etc.

    I'm starting a Masters this autumn and so many people are taking delight in telling me how hard and stressful it will be and the (negative) pressure I'll be under (I work full time).

    However, I strongly believe that I'm the sort of person who works better with a huge workload. I get off on the buzz of having no time to "think" (too deeply, and about shite, that is). Moreover, I've never found academia to be problematic, more of a pleasure (I say that genuinely, not in an effort to sound poncey/clever).

    Is it possible, do you think, for some people to perform better in all areas when they have "too much" to do? Because of the adrenaline?

    Responses from anyone who's studied and worked at the same time would be much appreciated.

    Cheers.
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    Aug 18, 2010 6:50 PM GMT
    I require deadline pressure to perform at my peak.

    No deadline = procrastination = unproductive.

    The more work and the tighter the deadline, the more awesome I am. hahaha


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    Aug 18, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    best.

    as an example my physics exam in the first semester. i had a 70 yo teacher in highs school and never learned anything at his class.

    when i had time to learn for my exam i only had a day and a night. i managed to learn in 24 hours what i had to in 4 years and i got 7 points out of 10.
    that's what i call performing under pressure.

    also in my last year in high school the coach handed me the basketball team, i had only teammates that were in their 1st and 2nd years and we got the best performance in school history, 3rd place in the north-west region.
    i was MVP of the tournament icon_redface.gif...it was a lot of pressure being my last tournament, and maybe the last basketball tournament i had ever played in my life


    so, pressure get's what's best of me
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    Aug 18, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Yes, the adrenaline makes me perform better as far as skills go. But fatigue can also be masked under the rush resulting in more mistakes.
    I would stay awake the night before to study for exams. It worked out well, but when it got to the point that I had just had to memorize-there were periods when I could not remember what I had just read. And no amount of pressure could correct that.